HOUMA, La. (September 13, 2021)—In two areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ida, Hancock Whitney is hoping to make a difference with donations totaling more than $100,000 to nine organizations providing relief and recovery support throughout Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. The 122-year-old bank is also continuing on-the-ground, grassroots efforts to get critical supplies such as ice, water, and hot meals to people who live and work in those Southeast Louisiana parishes.
“Hancock Whitney was born in and serves a Gulf Coast corridor which has seen its share of hurricanes during the past century, and we understand what people need in the aftermath of a major storm,” said Hancock Whitney Market President Josh Jones. “Hurricane Ida heavily damaged our communities in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. We are partnering with and donating to organizations across the area in an effort to make the biggest differences for the most people as we all move forward from this Category 4 storm’s impacts on our hometowns, from the northern part of the parishes to the southern bayou communities.”
Local organizations receiving contributions from Hancock Whitney for Hurricane Ida relief and recovery include the:
• Helio Foundation for food, water, essential items, and other hurricane relief helping residents in need;
• Gordon “Bubba” Dove, Jr., Foundation to help fund the organization’s relief and recovery outreaches, including meals and critical supplies for local people, including those in Terrebonne’s bayou communities.
• Houma United Methodist Church to support the church’s daily supply distribution center set up to help people affected by Hurricane Ida;
• Jerusalem Baptist Church for relief and recovery efforts for parish residents;
• Terrebonne Churches United Food Bank to support efforts by the Houma based nonprofit and network of charitable organizations to provide food, essential supplies, and recovery services to people in Terrebonne Parish;
• Good Samaritan Food Bank of Thibodaux to help the Catholic Charities nonprofit bring food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and other help to Lafourche Parish residents enduring significant hardships because of Hurricane Ida;
• Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church for hurricane relief to residents of the Gibson and surrounding areas; and
• Holy Family Catholic Church to help provide meals, ice, water, roof tarps, and other relief and recovery essentials to local citizens;
As part of a previous $2.5 million investment in Hurricane Ida relief and recovery in Southeast Louisiana, Hancock Whitney also donated $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. A portion of that contribution will help relieve post-storm food insecurity among some of the neediest residents in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.
At press time, the bank has reopened 90 percent of its financial centers in communities affected by Hurricane Ida—including the bank’s East Houma, Main Street Houma, Galliano, and Thibodaux locations, with more financial centers reopening each day. Eighty-nine percent of affected ATMs are back in service. Clients can visit www.hancockwhitney.com/ida for real-time updates on business operations, fee waivers, loan deferrals, disaster loans, and other recovery resources for people in declared disaster zones.
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About Hancock Whitney
Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, and Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.